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Florida's infant mortality rate has remained nearly stagnant for about a decade. In that time, the rate of births to mothers with no prenatal care has risen, according to state data. | Stock.Adobe.Com, 529904983
3 hours ago

Infant mortality remains tragically high in Florida

Infant mortality among Black babies is double that of white babies, and the rate of births to mothers with no…

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Daryl Jones, board chairman of the Transformative Justice Coalition, advocates for voter rights in June 2023. | Will Brown, Jacksonville Today
May 17, 2024

Federal judge tosses part of Florida’s elections law

Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker blocked part of a 2023 law that restricts voter registration groups.…

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The Florida High School Athletic Association is considering whether high school athletes should be able to profit from business agreements. | News Service of Florida
May 14, 2024

High school athletes might get paid for endorsements

The FHSAA is considering whether to allow student-athletes to profit off their name, image and likeness — similar to college…

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Gilberto Lujano, 49, wipes sweat from his face after while working on a roof on May 2, 2023, in Homestead. | Matias J. Ocner, Miami Herald
May 14, 2024

Heat risks increase for workers in the South, study says

After Florida lawmakers this year barred local heat protections for workers, a new study concludes that excessive heat puts their…

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Ascension St. Vincent's St. Johns County is part of the nonprofit national chain attacked by ransomware on May 8, 2024. | Ascension Florida
May 14, 2024

Ascension hospitals are open despite ransomware attack

Ascension’s St. Vincent’s hospitals in North Florida are accepting patients as the health system works to restore its computer network.…

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May 9, 2024

Severe storms possible in North Florida through Friday

Several rounds of potentially dangerous thunderstorms are forecast for parts of North Florida on Thursday and Friday. Winds could exceed…

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Florida orange juice will continue to flow at welcome centers targeting tourists who travel to the state, despite a promotional budget cut. | Florida Welcome Centers
May 9, 2024

Tourists can still get free orange juice entering Florida

Free orange juice will continue to flow at interstate welcome centers despite a budget cut for promotional efforts.…

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May 9, 2024

Heat index could hit triple digits in Jacksonville

Temperatures this week could be the hottest of the year across the Sunshine State, hitting mid- to upper-90s in North…

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A state trooper on patrol along the Gandy Bridge in Tampa pulled over a Nissan GTR traveling over 100 mph on Oct. 20, 2023. The driver was charged with street racing. | Florida Highway Patrol via WUSF
May 8, 2024

DeSantis signs bill increasing penalties for street racing

Rep. Kiyan Michael, a Jacksonville Republican, co-sponsored the bill. She said current penalities have not been a deterrent for many…

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Members of the LGBTQ community protested the gender-affirming care ban at a medical board meeting. | Daylina Miller, WUSF Pubic Media
May 8, 2024

Florida challenges feds on gender-affirming care

Florida says a federal health care rule clashes with the state’s efforts to restrict treatments for transgender people.…

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American Flamingos wade in Marco Island in September 2023 after Hurricane Idalia. | Col Lazau, special To WGCU
May 7, 2024

Hurricane Idalia gifted Florida with a flock of flamingos

Florida again has a flock of 101 wild American flamingos in several places, and Audubon Florida says there may be…

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May 6, 2024

Hurricane Preparedness Week begins as 2024 season nears

The start of the 2024 hurricane season is less than a month away, and there are early indicators of an…

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Mahalia White, University of North Florida. | Contributed, Wendy Jade Solomon, Fresh Take Florida
May 3, 2024

Florida’s finest: College grads share their inspiring stories

Graduates from Northeast Florida and around the state tell about overcoming challenges to achieve their dreams.…

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STDs in Florida are surpassing pre-pandemic levels, hitting its highest since 1990. | WUSF illustration, Image From Stock.Adobe.Com
May 3, 2024

STDs hit record high rates in Florida

Duval County recorded the highest rate of sexually transmitted diseases in Northeast Florida.…

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May 2, 2024

State defends North Florida congressional map

Attorneys say a previous plan, creating a majority Black district, was illegally based on race.…

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Patients have been waiting four to five weeks for an appointment at Planned Parenthood's Tallahassee health center due to increased demand, officials said. | Colin Abbey, Planned Parenthood of South, East and North Florida
May 1, 2024

7 things to know about Florida’s 6-week abortion law

Florida’s new law took effect Wednesday, banning most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.…

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April 30, 2024

2 from Jax among protesters arrested at UF

Nine pro-Palestinian protesters were arrested late Monday after occupying a campus plaza for days.…

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Tallahassee resident Julian Boise puts a completed voter registration form in his mailbox after volunteers with the Big Bend Voting Rights Project visited his home on the city's South Side on August, 19, 2023. | Valerie Crowder
April 30, 2024

Voter registration groups scale back after new restrictions

A state law that took effect last July increased fines for voter registration groups, and some elections offices say they’ve…

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April 30, 2024

Florida’s 6-week abortion ban takes effect Wednesday

Until the law changes, abortions are allowed in Florida up to 15 weeks. The change has people on both sides…

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To pilots, especially ones in mortal danger, air traffic controllers are voices at the end of a lifeline. | Illustration by Sydney Johnson, Fresh Take Florida
April 29, 2024

When private pilots falter, air controllers are saviors of skies

On the ground, air traffic controllers are average people, exposed to the threat of emotional trauma in one of the…

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April 26, 2024

Weather Service debuts experimental ‘heat risk’ index

The Heat Risk Index identifies unusual heat for individual locations, matching data on heat illnesses with temperatures.…

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Manuel Vazquez, owner of Coya's artisan ice cream, poses for a photo as he carries a tray of ice pops in the kitchen of his shop in Fort Myers on Feb. 26, 2024. | Marco Bello for NPR
April 25, 2024

In Florida, an exodus from anti-immigrant sentiment

Florida’s tough immigration law has led many immgrants to flee the state. Those who remain live in fear.…

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April 24, 2024

Qualifying period begins for Florida congressional races

A lawsuit over a North Florida congressional district continues to work its way through the courts.…

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The Florida High School Athletic Association is considering whether to sanction esports. | News Service of Florida
April 22, 2024

Video games could become a high school sport in Florida

The Florida High School Athletic Association is considering whether to sanction competitive video gaming, or esports, as an official sport.…